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An Easter Message from Antoinette

Having recently spent a few days in Bulgaria, and immersing myself in the culture (especially the food ?), it got me thinking about the different ways that people celebrate Easter.

As you may know, many of our Just Helpers team originate from Bulgaria, so it is a country particularly close to our hearts.

Firstly, did you know, that Bulgarians celebrate Easter on a completely different day?   This year it is a week later than ours, with Easter Sunday falling on Sunday 19th April.

Easter Traditions

As a nation, they have many beautiful traditions and this time of year has a few of my favourites.  If you enter a house in the lead up to Easter and in the following week, you will be presented with a brightly painted boiled egg, and a special sweet bread known as ‘kozunak‘.  Many families will have their own recipes and ways of doing this.

Similar to us, lamb will be served on Easter Sunday, and if it’s anything like the mouthwatering tender lamb I tasted in a restaurant at the base of Mount Vitosha, then you are in for a treat.

The egg symbolises the resurrection of Jesus 2000 years ago.  And as with many things Bulgarian, their sense of fun and celebration accompanies this.  There is an egg-tapping game (a mild version of conkers), and the person left with an unbroken egg will be proclaimed the winner.  This egg is supposed to be kept as a sign of good fortune until next Easter.

A Special Day

If your helper is named after a flower, then it is likely that they will celebrate their name day on Palm Sunday.  In our agency, this will apply to Roza, Tsveta, Tsvetanka, Margarita and Kamelia.  Do consider leaving them a little ‘Happy Name Day’ gift.

My Prayer

My Easter prayer is that the recent challenge and impact of the Coronavirus in our country and across the world encourages us as humans to act as Jesus would – with love, kindness and mercy to each other.

I’m working out how to virtually spend time with my church family, reflecting on the past year, being thankful for the many blessings in my life, and asking myself again, how can I be a blessing in my corner of the world.

Happy Easter

Antoinette

Message from the Founder

I remember when I lived in Kenya for a stint how wonderful it was to have heat all year round.

It wasn’t until I returned home, that I realised how dearly I missed the change of seasons. The crisp cold winters with the potential for snow, the hope that blooms with the first spring flower, the long lazy summer evenings spent with friends around a BBQ with a glass of wine, the breath-taking colours as summer gives way to autumn.

I love that Easter coincides with spring in full bloom. Many of you may see a posy of daffodils or tulips as we carry out encouragement visits to your Helper in your homes. Another little gift from us to you are our new fridge magnets designed for you and your Helper to communicate about products which are running low. Of course if you want to leave a little love note that’s fine too 🙂

We will be rolling out our revised contracts during March and April This helps us get in line with the new GDPR (data protection guidelines) and is a chance for us to review, along with our lawyers, all terms and conditions. Look out for our new e-sign contracts.

Your Helper’s pay rise also happens in March. I know that they have been eagerly waiting this one as it takes them over the £10ph mark.

As many of you know, I am a committed Christian, and Easter – the highlight of my year – is a great opportunity for me to remember the time in history when Jesus lived, died and was resurrected. This impacts my life both now and in the future, it influences the decisions I make on a day to day basis and informs what kind of cleaning agency we run. ‘Just doing the right thing’ is something that I know Jesus would subscribe to.

If you live locally I would love to invite you to our Easter Sunday service at 3:30pm at The Well Centre, Wellfield Road, Streatham. Hope to see you there!

Finally, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to represent your Helpers, for trusting them with your homes and to wish you a Happy Easter, and good times with friends and family.

Warmest wishes,
Antoinette

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